MFF: Fashion gospel, house party, and André Leon Talley


André Leon Talley spoke after a documentary about him during Montclair Film Festival. DAVID HUBELBANK/FOR MONTCLAIR FILM

By KELLY NICHOLAIDES
For Montclair Local

A haute couture defining figure in late 20th century style, Vogue editor-at-large André Leon Talley seems to have been driven by his childhood experience in a Southern black Baptist church during the Jim Crow era.

“The Gospel According to André,” a documentary centerpiece which screened at the Montclair Film Festival on May 5, packed the Wellmont Theater. The film weaves Talley’s early life with his rise as a global tastemaker at magazines like Women’s Wear Daily, W and Vogue. It includes interviews with Marc Jacobs, Anna Wintour, Valentino and Tom Ford. Directed by Kate Novack, the film chronicles…

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